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Introducing Richard H. Barry Hall

Published: 26 May 2009

On August 24, Richard H. Barry Hall will open its doors to more than 4,000 students, faculty and staff as the new home of the College of Business and Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics.

Located at 811 2nd Ave. N., Richard H. Barry Hall will give students a close-up look at Fargo’s vibrant city center. Available for public lectures, conferences, research seminars and career development events, Richard H. Barry Hall will be the place for current and future business professionals to connect.

Equipped to Meet Contemporary Needs

Richard H. Barry Hall is an expansive 135,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art learning facility featuring:

  • 12 conference rooms
  • 2-story atrium
  • 3 – story classroom wing: 11 classrooms and 250-seat auditorium
  • 6-story faculty office tower including 131 offices
  • Coffee bar
  • Branches of the NDSU Bookstore
  • Bison Connection student service center
  • Academic advising offices
  • NDSU Library branch
  • Reading room overlooking the atrium
  • Student study areas on each floor
  • Student meeting rooms for clubs and organizations
  • Behavioral lab
  • Trading lab

A New Level of Global Business Connections

Richard H. Barry Hall will also house the North Dakota Trade Office and the Center for Global Initiatives and Leadership.

The North Dakota Trade Office provides support for the state’s universities, state and federal government agencies and private export professionals to succeed in the global marketplace.

The Center for Global Initiatives and Leadership focuses on international business and trade issues. They will involve faculty from across campus to prepare students for global leadership through language, cultural and political understanding and other areas critical to development.

“Our mission of preparing people for the 21st century is extremely well served by the confluence of academic, private sector and interdisciplinary groups. This is a remarkable addition to the research, instruction and outreach capabilities we offer our students and citizens.”                                                                                                                                                      President Joseph Chapman

Downtown Advantage



Students will be within walking distance of numerous restaurants, coffee shops, specialty stores, art museums, the Historic Fargo Theatre, and more. Many student housing options are also available downtown. “Cityscapes Plaza I,” a five-story apartment and retail complex managed by NDSU Residence Life, opens this fall.


Building upon the Past

Richard H. Barry Hall has a history rich in business.

A portion of, what is now, Richard H. Barry Hall was originally constructed in 1925 as home to the ND Ancient Order of United Workman, one of the earliest fraternal insurance companies. The organization later changed its name to Pioneer Mutual Life and proudly displayed its name on the building’s roof in large neon letters for many decades.

Through the years, several prominent businesses occupied the building including ; Cull Eide (accountants, now Eide Bailly LLP), Deep Rock Oil Corp, and General Motors Acceptance Corporation to name a few.

But by 2006, tenants had gradually vacated. NDSU’s Development Foundation purchased the building in October 2007 and renamed it Richard H. Barry H. Hall. Over the next several months construction crews renovated the existing 60,000 square-foot space and added 75,000 square-feet more. 

For more information, check out the Richard H. Barry Hall Page.

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Last Updated: Sunday, August 25, 2013